Last week, I cleared the used dinner plates before washing the dishes as my husband tapped away on his laptop. I recall thinking;
“I would rather be doing anything but this.”
“What life must be like for those who are free from housework; washing the dishes, cleaning, ironing – the whole shebang.”
I think, actually I know it was the rice grains splattered all over the kitchen floor that set me off. My toddler son has not quite mastered the art of keeping his meals above table level!
Do not get me started on washing clothes. I am either loading or unloading the washer dryer. I wash at least one load a day to avoid a pile up and the basket is still rarely empty. It is an ongoing battle and I should really accept that running a home is a juggling act.
In my opinion, there are far more interesting tasks that I could be getting on with. Perhaps having this mindset whilst carrying out my household duties is somewhat of a stumbling block. It clouds my mind and brings out a little resentment and feelings of “woe is me”.
My husband does more than his fair share in the home so I cannot complain. We are also teaching our children to tidy up after themselves, which of course helps us but will also set them up for the future. Self sufficiency is important amongst men and women. I have heard a number of cases where 18+ year olds on university campus cannot wash clothes, clean or cook. They were never taught as children so have no clue.
As mundane as these tasks may be, they are essential in order for us to function. The attitude we have whilst approaching these tasks can make all the difference.
I mentioned in a much earlier blog post (maybe six months or so) that listening to music, audio bible or a teaching helps me stay focused. The noise keeps me company as I like to do housework alone but feel cut off from my family members.
What is your approach to dealing with the mundane?